Understanding the Basics of Rural Emergency Hospital Designation: A Beginner’s Guide

Explore the Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) designation in response to rural hospital closures and healthcare disparities. The Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) is a new Medicare provider designation for hospitals created to address the growing concern over rural hospital closures. This designation’s primary purpose is to promote and support rural community access to essential services and […]

From Application to Operation: The Journey of a Rural Emergency Hospital

The Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) designation is an important step in the mission to preserve healthcare in rural America. This article outlines the journey from application to operation for a rural hospital seeking REH status.   Introduction The REH designation was established as a response to rural hospital closures. These closures deprive rural communities of […]

Essential Elements of Rural Health Innovation

Innovation Building Blocks When thinking about an innovation journey, the most important aspect required is effective planning. Change of significant magnitude takes time to achieve. Ensuring realistic expectations within timelines is part of an effective planning process. Effective planning is the foundation—it’s critical to achieving goals and successfully executing innovation efforts. A second building block […]

Rural Emergency Hospital Conversion and Technical Assistance Educational Webinar

Critical Access Hospitals and other rural healthcare entities considering conversion to a Rural Emergency Hospital would benefit from this upcoming webinar on May 1, 2023. Medicare designated the Rural Emergency Hospitals (REHs) as a new provider type through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 to address concerns that some rural hospitals would not be able […]

RHRC provides technical support and practical expertise to transform rural health nationwide

The Rural Health Redesign Center (RHRC) announced today that, after successfully completing its first two years of operation, it has launched four projects in partnership with the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and other public agencies. These projects underscore how rapidly the RHRC is achieving its mission to protect and promote access to […]

Rural Health Redesign Center created to transform rural health nationwide

Access to healthcare in the nation’s rural communities is an ongoing source of concern for residents, healthcare providers, and state and federal agencies. Between 2010 and 2022, 138 rural hospitals stopped providing inpatient services, and 75 of these were complete hospital closures.  The Rural Health Redesign Center (RHRC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was launched in […]

Janice Walters
Executive Director
Janice has been leading the work of the RHRC since its inception. She has a background in health finance and is a highly rated rural health expert with over 20 years of relevant leadership experience.